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My AlumierMD Peel journey!

Last month, I decided to finally take control of my adult acne *cry* and figured it was time for some experimentation with a premium line I had recently heard a lot about. I also figured it was time for some grown-up facial care! I have recently had a bout with some not-so-lovely acne, and really, I haven't experienced acne like this before. While my skin was always not terrible, it's never been consistently broken out like this. After speaking and seeing the results of one of my lovely brides, I decided to take her advice and go to Dermis myself!

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So today, I had my second AlumierMD peel at Dermis Advanced Skin Care and Medi Clinic on Albert Street. I see Jessica K. there and she really is a wealth of knowledge! 

 

The first time I went, we did a very mild, superficial peel, as I have very reactive skin. We were trying to decide it's temperament and didn't want to go too strong, too soon. Today, we did the AlumierMD Glow Peel, and stuck with just one layer (apparently you can do up to 5!). Before the peel started, Jessica cleansed my skin and did a clay masque. After that, she used a 20% salicylic acid composition to start the exfoliation process. The Glow Peel itself is a combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid and resorcinol - all work together in perfect harmony to help to loosen dead skin cells, exfoliate the skin and treat acne. The peel itself wasn't uncomfortable, but it was a strong at times with a burning feeling up the nose (I tried to hold my breath lol). While it sat on for the full 5 mins, it was actually tolerable. Once the peel did it's thing, she went ahead and neutralized it, then used their Anti-Itch Intensive Recovery cream from their post care kit. Poof - instant relief! Having had the peel done about 6 hours ago, I currently feel like my face is tight and possibly like it's shrink-wrapped 😬

 

I also re-purchased an Essential Oil Complex from GM Collin which I am completely pleased with (and I feel like I'm always so disappointed with skin care). It keeps the reactive skin tame, soothed and feeling nice and clean. If I could bathe in that stuff I would...but at $64.00/bottle, I use it sparingly!

 

Here's a snippet of my current products that I'm using, that are NOT irritating my finicky skin.

Here's a snippet of my current products that I'm using, that are NOT irritating my finicky skin.

 

I can tell already that I will be pleased with the results. We are targeting some new acne (boooo!) and acne scarring from years of picking. Do as I say, not as I do... don't pick!

 

One thing I find interesting, is that a lot of skin care professionals who use the AlumierMD line, don't actually stock a lot of the products. You can easily order online and it should be at your door within 3-4 business days. I did do some sleuthing and figured out that Brookstreet's spa Au Naturel does carry the entire line. I guess it's a great way for pros to reduce their overhead and not sit on products that might not move - at first I was shocked, but now I understand. It's actually a great way to make sure that they products you receive are fresh and new, and not sitting on a spa's shelf for an extended period of time. But if you need it - Brookstreet will likely have it!

 

 

Look what's finally arrived - The Ordinary Colours!

I say finally, but really it was like 2 weeks from when I ordered. I'm thoroughly impressed with The Ordinary thus far, in terms of their marketing, overall product quality and their customer service. Just after I placed my order, they announced that there was a production hold up with their Colours, and I do believe it was due to packaging (everyone wanted pumps instead of droppers - good choice and well worth the wait, IMO). They made a public apology as well as an email blast to their customers stating the issue. See? That's all us customers want, is to be kept in the loop. For such a green company, they are already making good choices! I did notice on their website that they still are out of stock/production of some due to waiting for those pumps, but hopefully they'll have a solution figured out soon.

Price Point

So when it comes to makeup, I always have a hard time deciding what I'd like and tend to over-purchase. All in the name of product research, I say!  With The Ordinary Colours, there are two formula options - Coverage Foundation and Serum Foundation. I normally like a fuller coverage, so that was a given, and I've been on the hunt for a lightweight option for summer and weekends. At $6.90 and $6.70 respectively, I figured I'd give both a whirl.

 

Packaging

The packaging is practical and not fussy at all. Some would say that it's a bit plain like their skincare line, but seriously, it's functional, well made and that's really all that matters. I've been in the industry long enough to know that sometimes (note I didn't say all the time), but sometimes, fancy packaging can just be smoke and mirrors for the actual ingredients inside said jar/bottle/package. The plastic bottles feel good in the hand with their rubberized feel, and same with the pump. I have to mention again how happy I am that they bypassed the dropper option. Ugh... I see droppers and all I think of is how unsanitary and contaminated the product will become. I know you're know supposed to touch the dropper, but everyone does, and a pump just avoids all of that ickiness. Not to mention the mess a dropper foundation can become. The boxes are stiff and sturdy, and have a rubberized characteristic to them as well.

Generally speaking, foundation also has a tendency to wear down on my skin throughout the day, no matter what their long-wearing claims may be. It always starts off looking fresh, and by end of day, will look tired, cakey and heavy, accentuating every line, pore and texture on my skin. Always a challenge - what works one week might not work the next. My skin is pickyyyyyy.

 

Sun protection factor

In terms of formulation, I love, love LOVE the fact that the foundations are created without chemical sunscreens, because my skin hates, hates, HATES those. Oxybenzone & Octinoxate will literally give me craters on my face by end of day, and I'll end up with rash-like acne. Trust me - it ain't pretty. So when I noticed they spoke about using physical protection ingredient Titanium Dioxide, I figured it was one less thing for me to react to. You won't notice an SPF notation on the packaging though - long story short, that's reserved for the the European packaging for now (same formula, different wording). Did I mention my skin hates chemical sunscreen? Hates. 

 

shade range/colours

Shade options - there are A LOT! What brand launches 21 shades during their initial release?! Not many, that's who! The Ordinary separates and categorizes their Colours in the most perfect of ways - a way that makes sense. They use the numbers and letters (sounds familiar!), but I do like this system. Because what does Classic Ivory or Buff Beige really mean anyways?! Like, really.

So it works like this:

Level of Colour: 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Undertone: P (pink), N (neutral), Y (yellow), R (red)

So some will select level first, some undertone. As long as you end up at the same place and the correct shade, it doesn't matter.

undertones & swatches

For myself, I like a truly neutral foundation for winter and spring; for summer I tend to get a bit more neutral/pink and I like to mix foundations. I'm not pink enough for a straight pink undertone foundation but a mix suits me well. So for my shade, I opted for the following:

2.0N Serum Foundation

2.0 Coverage Foundation

2.0P Serum Foundation

2.0P Coverage Foundation

If I'm being critical about shades and undertone (which I usually am), at first glance, these are almost bang on to what I expected from the description online. I didn't grab a Y (yellow) undertone to compare, although maybe I should have. But from what I saw in online comparisons is that it was quite gold. Good for some, but not for this Mediterranean/Scottish blend chicka.

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Formulas

The formulas are quite nice, having only swatches them on my arms so far. The Coverage formula offers a nice medium-full coverage liquid; non-oily, but a lovely demi-matte finish, in my opinion. 

Serum Foundation sounds super liquidy and watery when you shake it up, whereas the viscosity of the Coverage is a tad thicker (although no thicker than any other medium coverage foundation out there). I'm wearing the Serum formula today and the coverage is LOVELY but the texture is so difficult to describe, because I know will butcher what I want to say LOL! It's lightweight and luminous, and imparts the most beautiful flawless finish with a whisper of coverage and colour. Due to the nature of the slip and slide of the formula, I figured it would oxidize a bit, but 6 hours of wear so far and we are still fresh and looking like the 2.0N I applied hours ago! The skin combo I used today was:

Sonia Roselli Water Balm

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation in 2.0N

Applied with Sonia Roselli Sable Foundation Brush

One Fine Beauty Matte Perfection Touch Up Veil in N25 under eyes

Topped off with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

 

Verdict

So as of now, I'm super impressed. With this Serum Foundation, I may have found a new lightweight, everyday, non-SPF foundation! If so, given the price point, colour range, and overall product composition, I will be super stoked and a loyal customer for a long time!